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As well as the big picture, I am hoping to focus more on the smaller details, so I recently purchased a macro lens for such work. I don't have much experience with this type of photography, but I am aiming to capture shape, form, pattern and colour, ideally in a semi abstract way. Here we have a Dahlia just about in full bloom, which reminded me of a fire, and that is what I was hoping to show. Feedback much appreciated.

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro
Lens:Sigma 70mm Macro
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/3.3
Shutter Speed:1/350sec
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:m
Metering Mode:manual
White Balance:auto (adjusted in RAW)
Title:Creation
Username:dplatt2000 dplatt2000
Uploaded:16 Sep 2012 - 2:08 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, General, Specialist / abstract, Wildlife / nature
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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 2:48 AM

Nice capture.
Matt

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NDODS e2 Member 43684 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 8:00 AM

Beautiful composition, beautiful colour.

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Niknut e2 Member 4740 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom64 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 4:22 PM

Beautiful shot !!!....lovely quality !!!!

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 7:48 PM

More info please. This does look like a fire and is well done. Obviously a wide aperture and one of the rare times in close up for not needing more depth of field.

Paul

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dplatt2000
16 Sep 2012 - 7:56 PM

thanks for feedback...exif data has now been added. It was a dull day, and I was shooting handheld, hence a higher ISO than I would usually use with this old camera so that I could use a fast shutter speed.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8831 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 8:22 PM

You achieved your goal, Darren, the dahlia does look like a fire, and your shallow dof accentuates that illusion.
My personal preference would be to have more of the centre in focus, which you could achieve by a more direct overhead shot of the flower, simply because you have more of the petals lying on the same focal plane.
Dahlias make beautiful subjects because they have bright graduating colours and sometimes even coloured outlines to their petals.
I just did a search of the gallery simply using "dahlia" as my search word, and you can see the result here. It will give you an idea of the many different angles used on this flower and the way people fill the frame with the centre colours, as you have.
With your macro lens, experiment with different apertures and check out the results, it can be a lot of fun.
Pamela.

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